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Shepherd’s Pie

Savory beef and vegetables in a rich gravy topped with creamy and buttery mashed potatoes ~ Shepherd’s Pie is a perfect comfort food!

A white plate with browned mashed potato dollops over ground beef and vegetables

Ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie

2 pounds of ground beef (or lamb)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of butter

2 carrots

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

10 ounces of baby bella mushrooms

3/4 cup of dry red wine

1/4 cup of flour

1 1/2 cup of beef stock

2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce

2 tablespoons of Gravy Master

1 cup of frozen peas

4 cups of leftover mashed potatoes


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Add in the ground beef and brown breaking it up as you go.  Cook for 10-12 minutes.  Drain the meat and remove from the pan

Peel and dice 2 carrots and 1 onion, chop 3 garlic cloves.  Wipe any dirt off ten ounces of mushrooms with a dry paper towel and slice.  

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan and add the carrots, onions and garlic.  Saute for 3-4 minutes.  Add in the mushrooms and cook for 2-4 minutes more

Add the beef back in and stir to combine.  Season with 1 tablespoon of The Spice Apothecary’s Everyday Seasoning

Add in 3/4 cup of dry red wine (like a Cabernet) and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 -3 minutes.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour over the meat mixture and stir to combine

Add in 1 1/2 cups of beef stock, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce and 2 tablespoons of Gravy Master.  Allow to thicken for 2 minutes then remove from the heat.  Mix in 1 cup of frozen peas

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish and scoop 2 cups of premade mashed potatoes on top.  Spread the potatoes out evenly.  Pipe the rest of the potatoes onto the meat mixture.  Spray the potatoes with some cooking oil or a drizzle of butter and sprinkle with some paprika

Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Switch to broil and brown the potatoes being sure to keep and eye on them.  Remove and let rest for 10 minutes or so before serving

For step-by-step instructions with photos, check out the Shepherd’s Pie recipe on our food blog, Simply Sundays.

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